From the big screen to the small screen to the studio to the stage, DMX is going to be everywhere this year.
The rapper's spokesperson said he just signed on to kick butt alongside Jet Li in the Warner Bros. action vehicle "Cradle to the Grave," which ramps up next month and reunites the two "Romeo Must Die" stars. Warner Bros. said that while X has not officially signed on, they are close to sealing the deal.
At the beginning of May, DMX will embark on a 30-city tour with artists from his Bloodline label that will carry on through mid-June. An itinerary has yet to be determined.
X's PR rep let it be known there will be no rest for the weary after the tour, the Dog is scheduled to finally shoot the long-talked-about fourth installment in the "Crow" franchise, "The Crow: Lazarus," in Toronto (see "Kahn To Direct DMX In Next 'Crow' Film"). In between, X will be in the studio to record a compilation with his Bloodline artists, including Big Stan, Kashmere and Loose, and will possibly work on another solo album.
One place X wants to steer clear of is the courtroom. On January 9, he agreed to participate in a series of anti-gun and anti-animal cruelty public service announcements as part of a court settlement with Bergen County, New Jersey, prosecutors. X pleaded guilty to a series of charges, including 13 counts of animal cruelty, which stemmed from a June 1999 arrest (see "UPDATE: DMX Denies Weapons Charges"). It has not yet been determined if the PSAs will end up on television, in print, on the radio or in another medium.
In addition to the PSAs, X will be sentenced to probation on March 15 and faces up to a $1,000 fine for each of 13 counts of animal cruelty. His wife, who was also arrested with him in 1999, will have all charges against her dismissed.
On a more pleasant note, DMX has partnered up with the Heineken Corporation to shoot a separate series of PSAs in which he will promote rap music as a positive force to communicate with young people. In the clips, which will air on TV, DMX will also speak on how rap helped change his life for the better.
The video for X's latest single, "I Miss You," which features Faith Evans, debuts January 17 on MTV2, according to Def Jam (see "DMX, Faith Evans Shooting Clip For 'I Miss You' ").
For a full-length interview with DMX, check out "DMX: Depression Blues."